The 2017-2018 Jayettes basketball season did not fare the way the squad nor their newly appointed head coach, Chris Morrow, would have liked.
With only three wins under their soles, it is easy for anyone to infer that this season was a total bust. The three wins marks only the fourth time in 10 seasons that the squad failed to hit the double digit wins mark.
Especially when considering last year’s Jayettes finished 15-6 and made it to the second round of Regionals.
After opening up their season with a convincing 55-24 win over the Polar Bears of Des Moines North, the team would go on to post two straight nine game losing streaks with their only other two wins coming in between the streaks.
Their season came to a close after a 43-28 loss in Bondurant-Farrar on Feb. 14, against the same Lady Jays that Perry had beaten just five days prior.
But amidst the multiple losing streaks and point disparities, the Jayettes’ future and ability to get back to contention seems bright.
Next season, the squad will possibly sport 11 returning players including this season’s team leading scorer, sophomore Molly Lutmer.
Offensively in 22 games Lutmer led the squad in points per game with 13.7, points scored with 302, and field goal percentages - 38.4 from the floor and 35.2 on 3-pointers. She also finished fourth in assists with 14 and second in steals with 23.
Lutmer along with junior Gabby West will be the only returning starters for next year’s campaign. West was fifth on the team in points at 2.1pp/g on just 74 attempts. She finished second in rebounds with 102 just one shy of the team’s leader, senior Isabel Saemisch.
Along with missing Saemisch next year fellow senior Grace Stewart’s team leading 44 assists, 50 steals and three blocks will definitely leave a hole to fill. Senior Alyssa Kruger also heads to bigger adventures.